What was the first country to grant women the vote?

Saudi Arabia, in 2011, became the most recent country in 21st century to grant women’s suffrage (and also lifted the ban on women’s driving in June 2018…). But which country first gave women voting rights? In the late nineteenth century the women’s suffrage movement was widespread throughout Northern Europe, but also in America, Britain and its colonies. However, the first self-governing country to grant all women the vote was New Zealand on this day, 19th September 1893. So, how did New Zealand manage to grant all women, including indigenous Maori…

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Democracy Sausage: come to vote, leave with a sausage!

In Australia, cheap sausages in cheap white bread lathered in cheap sauce help grease the wheels of democracy. On election days, humble sausages, also called affectionately “snags”, are barbecued outside polling areas either for free or to raise money for local causes. Slingers of “democracy sausages” can be sure to get lots of customers among waiting voters, since not voting in Australia gets you fined. In 2016, sausage sizzling at the polls reached its highest profile yet. During the year’s federal election, Twitter released a snag-on-bread emoji to accompany its…

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